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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Wesker on Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:15 am

We have got a 'Welcome' section but not many use it Crying or Very sad 
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Wesker on Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:21 am

Do new members get a 'Welcome' email?
Cant remember as a long time since i registered Rolling Eyes 
Maybe a few lines when they first register would be an idea Idea
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  starrystarry on Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:40 am

Nail Luxxe wrote:
starrystarry wrote:I'm going to start doing a shout out when I see names I don't recognise.  Let's see if that'll flush 'em out.

I think that approach is somewhat part of the problem.  Putting the spotlight on a 'lurker' seems like it would make them hide away even more and just in general talking about them probably makes them feel even more separated from the contributors.

I don't think that everyone is "shy" or has a "lack of confidence" sometimes they just don't have much to contribute. Not everyone knows about a deal, has a photo to share of a new polish they bought, or has reassuring words to offer someone that's had a bad day.

I do think there should be a balance though where every member at least says "Hi" but in an encouraging, cheerful way instead of a "Hey!  You over there! You haven't contributed a thing to this forum so you better talk up or you're out!" kinda way.

But how can that be part of the problem when we haven't been putting the spotlight on lurkers. This is the first time the issue has been raised.

I certainly haven't said that if people don't contribute they should be out. I just think we should do everything we can to encourage people to join in.
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  LoolaBeanbag on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:22 am

I'll be brutally honest and say that I think non contributors should be removed if after a generous trial period they don't feel comfortable enough to join in. Internet forums - jeez, scary places! Why join if they're not your thing?!
As I originally said, the idea of a forum is to exchange, not just help oneself.

I'd love to see more people taking part but nothing we say is going to make them.
Holy shit, I've probably just frightened another 50 off Rolling Eyes 

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Peony on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:30 am

Well seeing the number of blog hits I have over some nail things v's the pitiful number of followers I have and the handful of people who have bothered to leave comments I can well believe there are a lot of non-posters on many forums. Doesn't really bother me much but I do try and leave thanks where appropriate although I'm not sure how to do this here.

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Laura on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:31 am

I would love to see a bit more activity here, I know life gets in the way, so I'm trying to be a bit more active Very Happy
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  backhoe71 on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:33 am

Im hoping now I've finished my college course I can be a bit more 'active'!!!

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Wesker on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:44 am

backhoe71 wrote:Im hoping now I've finished my college course I can be a bit more 'active'!!!

A 20 mile jog might just do it Razz
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Nail Luxxe on Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:55 am

@Starry I know you did not say people should be out if they don't contribute over time, Loola did lol. However, I used that comment as example of the way this thread seems to separate people into 'them' and 'us' categories which doesn't work towards our aim.

I just think we should look at how we can increase engagement without singling out users like that new thread that was put up today.

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Jasmina on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:00 am

I think members joining and not posting is the nature of online forums, create and account to get a feel for the place, don't want to contribute but dont request the account to be deleted either.

I guess some people want to see the nail pics but don't want to post. I don't watermark my images and I don't mind if someone gets inspiration from me.

I wasn't a member of mse but I used to read the nail thread all the time, I didn't want to be a member of that forum and I didn't think it was unethical to use information posted their for my own gain, in fact I found the majority very greedy getting ridiculous amounts of glitches and ruining it for other people.

I joined here because I wanted to feel a part of thr community, I would not start my own blog and I don't comment on others but I like thr idea of sharing my pictures here.

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Wesker on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:03 am

We need to find a way to encourage to newbies to post, maybe a competition once a month.
Win a polish if you post the best pic/joke/tip etc

I used to run a gaming forum and would run a comp every month for a free t-shirt for the best caption for a screenshot from the game, was very popular.
Maybe a monthly comp for the best pic of nails etc Exclamation
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Nail Luxxe on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:07 am

I like the ideas about a certain number of posts (or at least introduce yourself) to 'see the good stuff' Is there a way that that could actually be implemented?
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  HanSpan on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:16 am

Now I want to google Loolabeanbag. It would never have occured to me before but I'm really fighting myself not to do it now!

I'm seriously unobservant so don't register how many people are members, or logged in, or even posting to be honest. Usually I'm annoyed at my lack of ability to notice things, seems like it might be an advantage in this area!

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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Laura on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:20 am

I have to admit I haven't seen the amount of inactive people here, but would just love to see some more posts Smile
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  martinsgirl on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:23 am

Just had a look, apparently I'm the 29th top poster. Shocked at that, I'm rubbish at posting!
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Laura on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:30 am

Ooh I'm number 6, didn't think I was that high!
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  kelpyg on Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:53 am

I’m 13th today but i don’t make the top 20 overall
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  starrystarry on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:42 am

Nail Luxxe wrote:@Starry I know you did not say people should be out if they don't contribute over time, Loola did lol. However, I used that comment as example of the way this thread seems to separate people into 'them' and 'us' categories which doesn't work towards our aim.  

I just think we should look at how we can increase engagement without singling out users like that new thread that was put up today.


Thanks Luxxe. I think you might have misunderstood the purpose of that thread though. It wasn't an "Oi you, why are you not posting" thread. It was genuinely meant as a " welcome to the forum".

I'm all for any ideas that will encourage people to post.
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Babafette on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:50 am

I do find it a little frustrating that there are so many members who don't contribute at all or even just introduce themselves. Neutral 
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  fellrunner on Sat Jul 06, 2013 10:02 pm

I agree it would be nice to see more comments and people participating. I'll try to make more of an effort to join in conversations and post pictures in future! I'm a bit wary of coming off looking like I'm just spamming to promote my blog if I post pictures of my nails here every day though!

And I agree with the comment about blog readers / comments from above - my pageview numbers (even after taking out the referrer spam numbers) never seem to translate into new followers or many comments. Most of the comments I get are from regular readers who I sort of *know*, which is nice, but it would be nicer if new people added a comment too. I always make a point of leaving a comment on blogs when I see something I like, or I think I've got something constructive to say.
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  RainbowNails on Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:37 am

Another one guilty of reading and not posting much but this is the first time I have been on here for a few days.

If I see a question or topic I can answer then I try my best to help
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  RainbowNails on Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:50 am

I think my other problem is I don't have a lot to say and I can't afford all the indie polishes or more unusual ones so most of mine are bog standard from boots and superdrug.

I am also not on Facebook so I know I miss out there as well nor do I blog. I am pretty boring really.
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Babafette on Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:57 am

RainbowNails wrote:I am also not on Facebook so I know I miss out there as well nor do I blog. I am pretty boring really.
Nah, you're not boring and there's nothing wrong with bog standard polishes from Boots or Superdrug. Very Happy  I'm not on Facebook either and I'm damn sure nobody would be interested in anything I were to blog about!! Razz  Laughing 
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  LoolaBeanbag on Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:23 am

I'll second the bog standard polish appreciation. Barry M's legendary! I rarely facebook (maybe annually?) and am another non-blogger.
There's no guilt to be felt by non posting often though Rainbow, you post! Many don't. alien 
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Re: I'm having issues with my forum use

Post  Laura on Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:25 am

I Facebook way too much, but at 21 I think I can get away with it Embarassed
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